Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Kansas State football coach Ron Prince to resign

Kansas State football coach Ron Prince will announce his resignation during a 4 p.m. teleconference Wednesday, sources have told

Prince was hired as K-State coach prior to the 2006 season and has a 16-18 record during his tenure. K-State is scheduled to play at Missouri on Saturday.

After compiling a 7-6 record and reaching a bowl game in his first season at the helm, Prince led the Wildcats to a 5-7 record in 2007 before going 4-5 through the first nine games of 2008.

The Junction City, Kan., native leaves K-State - his first head coaching job - after compiling an 8-12 record against Big 12 teams.

Before taking the Wildcats' coaching job, Prince served under Al Groh as the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at Virginia.

Here is the text of K-State's official release:

"We are in a performance-based profession and have made this decision in the best long-term interest of both the university and its football program," Krause said. "Our goal remains the same: to build a winning program that is positioned to consistently compete for championships. I appreciate the hard work and dedication that Coach Prince and his staff have put in over the last three seasons and wish him the very best for the future."

In two-plus seasons at Kansas State, Prince has compiled a 16-18 overall record, which included a 7-6 mark and a trip to the Texas Bowl in 2006, his first season. Prince became the first head coach in school history to lead his team to a bowl in year one and also has compiled the second-most wins over the first two seasons of any coach in K-State history, which included the school's first-ever win over a top 10 opponent on the road in 2007 (No. 7 Texas).

Prince's Wildcat teams also performed at a high standard in the classroom as they placed a total of 74 student-athletes on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2007-08, including a record number 38 in the spring, and saw a dramatic improvement in APR ratings in two seasons. The Wildcat football program also led the Big 12 Conference in federal graduation rate for football over the last two seasons while also seeing 13 players over that span earn Academic All-Big 12 honors.

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